Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to select IDX Carecast; long-time user Kettering upgrades to next-generation system

Burlington 27 October 2003The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) has selected the IDX Carecast enterprise system to integrate patients' clinical, financial and administrative data on one technology platform. SCLHS also plans to use Carecast to support computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and to connect clinicians and patients via the Internet across the entire organisation. Kettering Medical Center Network (KMCN), a long-time IDX LastWord user, will upgrade to the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise system from IDX Systems Corporation. The agreement was signed in the third quarter of 2003.


KMCN will use Carecast to support its ongoing development of lifetime electronic patient records by completely integrating patients' clinical, financial and administrative data throughout its four hospitals, multiple health centres and 40 satellite facilities. KMCN also plans to pursue enhanced documentation capabilities for nurses and physicians, as well as computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and wireless barcode medication administration with Carecast.

Carecast will further streamline processes for KMCN clinicians through enhanced care documentation capabilities and on-line charting, which promote communication between all members of the care team and help reduce time spent on administrative functions. CPOE, with its decision-support functionality and ability to eliminate mistakes caused by unintelligible handwritten orders, will provide even greater support for patient safety goals. In addition, wireless barcode medication administration can make a significant impact on error reduction by allowing physicians, nurses and pharmacists to confirm the "five rights" of medication administration.

KMCN, which serves 43 percent of patients in the Dayton, Ohio-area, will implement Carecast across its organisation, including the Grandview Medical Center. KMCN needed a system that works with a wide range of facilities, from large, nationally renowned hospitals to small community satellites. Carecast runs on the highly scalable HP NonStop platform, which delivers subsecond access to information across the enterprise and 99,9 percent uptime.

As for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, the IDX Imagecast will provide SCLHS clinicians with enterprise-wide access to medical images and related information. SCLHS, a 2000-bed Catholic health care ministry, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb of metropolitan Kansas City, will implement Carecast across eight facilities in California, Colorado, Montana and Kansas.

SCLHS will use Carecast to establish an enterprise clinical data repository, with lifetime electronic patient records capturing each patient's clinical, administrative and financial information. SCLHS plans to implement computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and wireless medication barcode charting, to enhance patient care and reduce medication errors. Carecast's clinical documentation capabilities will also support on-line charting by SCLHS clinicians and is demonstrated to assist the organisation in moving towards a fully paperless clinical information system.

In addition, SCLHS will install the IDX Patient Online application, which allows patients and physicians to communicate on-line, to give patients on-line access to critical health information via the Internet, including appointments and scheduling details, laboratory test results, and reminders about managing chronic diseases. Similarly, the IDX Referring Practice Online application will enable SCLHS physicians to remotely access up-to-the-minute patient information such as test results, via a secure Web portal available in the home or office.

SCLHS will use the IDX system to integrate clinical and financial patient information, which is expected to make billing more efficient and cost-effective for the organisation, and improve the accuracy and convenience of billing and administrative processes for patients. Carecast's Web-centric architecture is expected to minimize the overall cost of system ownership. SCLHS selected Carecast based on a comprehensive review process and consensus from its network of member hospitals. Carecast will be deployed across all of SCLHS' eight hospitals, which includes a mix of large urban and small rural hospitals.

The IDX Web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and Web-based tools built using Internet architecture, that facilitate access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. IDX has approximately 2100 full-time employees worldwide. More information on the company is available in the VMW October 2003 article IDX deployment across eight London hospitals and new facility supports NHS Integrated Care Record System initiative.

Leslie Versweyveld

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